Bob & Phyllis Wright
May 20, 1997
Office of the Secretary
Re: "Made in USA Policy Comment," FTC File No. P894219
Should the standard change? Yes, the standard needs to be 100% to qualify for the label. Made in USA needs to mean just that! See the dictionary.1 The label should not be "Made in USA -- Almost." That's what a downgrade to 75% would mean.
It is obvious that the label "Made in USA" has a financial advantage. Otherwise there is no reason to attempt lower standards, that would allow more products can carry the label.
This is another example of ?If you cannot meet the standards, lower the standards.
The answer to your dilemma is really a very simple question. Was the product made in the USA? If the answer is yes, it can carry the label. If the answer is no, then it cannot carry the label. If the proponents of lower standards want to label their products with Made in USA, all they have to do, is make it in the USA. It's not really complicated.
On the question of Assembled in the USA:
1 American Heritage dictionary, Third Edition, Version 3.6
Made 1. Past tense and past participle of make, adj. 1. Produced or manufactured by constructing, shaping, or forming. Make 1. To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create.